|Showers of Hope has a Diaper Drive!|
by Amy Newsome, guest blogger
In Alabama we're all too familiar with tornadoes and their aftermath. I remember the too-warm-for-November day in 1989 when the sky turned green and the surreal weeks that followed, staring at the damage and debris through the window of my parents' car as traffic crawled down Memorial Parkway. The school where I'd attended first grade had been reduced to rubble. My aunt and cousins were at the intersection of Whitesburg and Airport Road, but by the grace of God were relatively unharmed. The sky turned green again in 2011 and funnels of wind traced paths of destruction across our state, part of the largest tornado outbreak ever recorded. I listened to the radio, hearing accounts of the damage in Tuscaloosa, Birmingham, and - closer to home - in Arab and Harvest. Due to a week without electricity I lost some groceries. Too many others in our community lost everything.
Monday afternoon I logged into FaceBook and my breath caught in my throat as I started to read. It had all happened again, this time in Oklahoma. I'll be honest, with my seven-month-old to care for I haven't had the emotional fortitude to follow the news coverage, but I've been very thankful to learn of a specific need in the area that I can help meet.
Three organizations - Shower of Hope Oklahoma, Fluffy Bums of Tulsa and The Greater Tulsa Area Great Cloth Diaper Change - are organizing a supply drive for families in Moore who lost their homes in the tornado. They're collecting disposable and cloth diapers, wipes, diaper creams and other baby/toddler items (pacifiers, teethers, baby food, toddler snacks, infant formula, bottles, et cetera). Gently used, functional cloth diapers of all varieties (fitteds with covers, flats/pre-folds with covers, pocket diapers and inserts, AIO and AI2 diapers) and accessories/fasteners such as Snappis or Boingos are needed and will be greatly appreciated. New-in-package and loose disposable diapers are also welcome - every diaper will make a difference.
There will be a collection point for diapers and other childcare supplies at A Nurturing Moment through May 31st, at which point we hope to send a gigantic care package to the families affected by this tragedy. Monetary donations toward the shipping cost will be accepted through The MOM Foundation.
Donations and care packages can also be mailed directly to:
BJ Lardizabal/Shower of Hope Oklahoma
C/O McGraw Realtors
308 N. Aspen
Broken Arrow, OK 74012
Additionally, Shower of Hope Oklahoma has established an Amazon.com Wish List from which you can have items shipped directly to them